Category Archives: Fussy Cutting

Graphic 45 Fun With Penny’s Paper Doll Family

Fun with Penny’s Paper Doll Family from Graphic 45

Hello, G45er’s!   When I was a little girl, I loved to play with paper dolls.  I spent hours stuck in bed due to childhood illnesses.  Playing with paper dolls helped to fill many a long day.   So when Graphic 45 released their gorgeous Penny’s Paper Doll Family collection this summer, it was love at first sight for me.

While creating with this beautiful vintage collection, I found I had not lost my childhood love for paper dolls.  There’s just something magical about fussy cutting these handsome paper dolls and their matching outfits and accouterments!  So today I have 2 fun cards made with Penny’s Paper Doll Family to share with you.

Flowers from the Same Garden: Penny’s Paper Doll Family card with Pockets
Flowers from the Same Garden Pocket Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Card makers will just fall in love with this amazing collection because it is loaded with gorgeous patterns, beautiful images and sentiment panels that are perfect for family cards.  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card was so much fun to make.  The patterns remind me of the wallpaper in my childhood bedroom.

Flowers from the Same Garden Pocket Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

Flowers from the Same Garden Pocket Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

I love the sentiment panels in Graphic 45’s Penny’s Paper Doll Family.  Not only do they look like vintage embroidery panels, they also make for very quick and easy card design!  Add a border strip, die cut doilies, a large banner layer, vintage buttons and flowers and you have a charming vintage style greeting card in no time!

Flowers from the Same Garden Pocket Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Tips

  1. To add depth and dimension to this simple card design, I double matted each card layer.  This keeps the layers from getting muddled.  It also gives the focal image on the card the appearance of having been framed.
  2. Cut doilies in half to get more mileage out of them.  I tucked half a doily above and below the focal image.
  3. Create a custom doily by adding designer paper to the solid center.  To do this, I lay my doily on top of the paper, traced around the inner edge of the doily, then cut the circle out with scissors.  
Supply List for Flowers from the Same Garden Card

Penny’s Paper Doll Family Collection

  • Penny’s Paper Doll Family
  • Beyond Borders
  • Sweet Sister
  • Garden Path

Other Supplies:

  • Kraft and Brick Red Cardstock
  • Petaloo Briar Roses
  • Burlap String, Red Taffeta Ribbon
  • Vintage Buttons from my Stash
  • Die cut doilies
Happy Family Bendi Card

Happy Family Bendi Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Penny’s Paper Doll Family is the perfect collection to use in a fun Bendi Card design.  This card design can double as table decor at a birthday party, baby shower, tea party or housewarming.  You can learn how to make a Bendi card HERE.  The collection I used is different, but the steps and measurements are the same.

Happy Family Bendi Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2 Happy Family Bendi Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3 Happy Family Bendi Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4 Happy Family Bendi Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5 Happy Family Bendi Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

TIPS

  1. When it comes to fussy cutting, there are several little tips that can make the job easier:
    1. First, make sure you have a really sharp pair of small scissors.  I like to use Tim Holtz’s Tonic mini snips.
    2. Don’t try to cut a small image from a huge piece of paper.  Instead , remove the image by cutting well around it.  Then do your fussy cutting.  Having less bulk around the image makes it much easier to get a clean cut.
    3. When cutting an image that has small parts, like the stems of flowers or hands and feet, I cut the small parts last.  This way, I’m less likely to accidentally snip them off.
    4. Don’t make chopping motions with your scissors.  Hold the blades steady and glide them against the paper.  You can practice this skill on magazine images.
  2. To create extra dimension in this Bendi card, I backed the paper doll family with cardboard from packing boxes.  I find that Priority Mail boxes are about the right thickness.  The cardboard also strengthens the images and helps prevent tearing.
Happy Family Bendi Card Supply List

Penny’s Paper Doll Family Collection

  • Penny’s Paper Doll Family
  • Sweet Sister
  • Mothers and Daughters
  • Color Your World
  • Garden Path
  • Beyond Borders

Other Supplies:

  • Brick Red Cardstock
  • Scoring Tool, Ruler, Craft Knife
  • Petaloo Flowers
  • Burlap String
  • Fussy Cutting Scissors, Hot Glue Gun

I hope this post has brought back some of your happy childhood memories and inspired you to break out your Graphic 45 paper pretties and get your craft on.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Masculine Pocket Card with Graphic 45 Good Old Sport

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Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge: Masculine Pocket Card with Graphic 45 Good Old Sport

Hello, Friends!  How can it already be June?  But here we are, the first Friday in June and that means it’s time for a fabby new challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Bonnie has dared us to create a masculine card with ribbon or trim.  So I dug into my Graphic 45 Good Old Sport and Typography papers to put together this masculine pocket card.

Graphic45 Good Old Sport Masculine Pocket Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Masculine Challenge 01These clean simple lines and bold colors are perfect for this challenge.  I created a belly band on my striped background paper by layering antique gold netting with some of the border stickers from the collection.

Graphic45 Good Old Sport Masculine Pocket Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Masculine Challenge 02Next, I fussy cut images from the 12 x 12 Good Old Sport papers and used foam dimensionals to place them on top of  a journal card from the Typography collection.

Graphic45 Good Old Sport Masculine Pocket Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Masculine Challenge 03 This chipboard piece fit right in between my golfer and rugby player, which is a great way to lead the eye from one image to the next.  I topped the tag  with a bit of Red Canvas Color Band Ribbon and some Natural Burlap String for a pop of color and added texture. I also used the burlap string to attach my sentiment charm to that sparkly red clothespin.

Graphic45 Good Old Sport Masculine Pocket Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Masculine Challenge 04The party really gets started once you open this masculine pocket card because it has not ONE but TWO great pockets on the inside!  (Go big or go home, right?)  The pocket on the left contains a tag that I made with the 8×8 papers, a sticker and some little banner pieces.  The pocket on the right contains postcards from the 12×12 collection. I love the little baseball/ribbon embellie that I hung from a red paper clip. ( I scrap lifted this idea from my BOLB Ginny Nemchak.  She’s a clever girl, that one!)

Graphic45 Good Old Sport Masculine Pocket Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Masculine Challenge 05I left this masculine pocket card sort of sentiment neutral.  It could be used for Father’s Day, graduation, birthdays, a congrats card or even a card to cheer on a fella who is going through a rough patch.  There’s plenty of room to write a personal sentiment or mount photos on the postcards.  The tag can be used as a bookmark or decoration in a work cubicle or desk space.  And, there’s plenty of room to tuck a gift card or small treat into either pocket of this masculine pocket card.

Now it’s your turn!  Start out by visiting the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG so you can get all inspired by the other designer projects there.  Then work up your own masculine project using ribbon or trim and link it up.  You’ll find all the details on the RRR Blog.  I’ll be popping by to take a peek at your fabby projects soon.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy